Illinois Compass 2g, Direct Submit

This page contains information about using DirectSubmit in Illinois Compass 2g.

Direct Submit

SafeAssign’s Direct Submit is for instructors and TAs only. Instructors can submit papers directly to this tool and run an originality report without student interaction. Submitting papers through Direct Submit adds the content to the University’s Institutional Database to be used to check future semesters’ coursework for plagiarism.

Creating a Direct Submit Item

  1. From the Course Management menu, select Course Tools.
  2. Select SafeAssign.
  3. Click the DirectSubmit link.

Note: The page opens to the Private Direct Submit window, labeled “Private Direct Submit for Your Name.” Papers uploaded to this area and any corresponding originality reports will only be visible to you.

- If you would like your fellow co-instructors and TAs to be able to view the papers and their reports, click the Shared button in the small window to the left of the main content area on the page. To be certain that you are working in the shared section, check that the title of the content area is “Shared Direct Submit for course Your Course Name.”


  1. You can upload papers directly to the top-level folder for the course, or you can create individual folders to upload papers into. To enter papers to the top-level folder for the course, jump to step #5.
    1. To create a folder, enter a title of the folder in the New Folder field. In this example, the folder will be named “Freud Papers.”
    2. Click Add.
    3. The folder will now appear under the top folder or any folders you have previously created.


  1. To upload papers to this new folder, click its title and then follow the process outlined in step #5 and on.
  2. To upload a paper, click the Submit a Paper button.
  3. You can select from the Submission Options:
  • Submit as draft: A SafeAssign report will be generated, however the paper will not be added to the institutional database and will not be used to check other papers.
  • Skip Plagiarism Checking: Adds the papers to the institutional database without checking for content copied from other sources. This is useful if an instructor wants to upload papers from a previous section of a course to ensure that current students are not reusing work.
  • Or you can choose to leave these options unselected and submit papers to the Institutional Search Database and receive an originality report.
  1. If you wish to upload a paper from your computer, click the button next to Upload File. Click Browse, and choose the file you wish to upload. Reminder: File types accepted by SafeAssign are limited to .zip, .doc, .docx, .odt, .txt, .pdf, .rtf and .html.
  2. If you prefer to copy and paste a selection from a paper, click the Copy/Paste Document button. Enter a Paper Title and paste the Paper Text.
  3. Click Submit.


How to view a report

Once you have uploaded a paper, and SafeAssign has returned a report on the paper’s originality, you can check the report by using the following steps:

  1. From the Course Management menu, select Course Tools.
  2. Choose SafeAssign.
  3. Click the DirectSubmit link.
  4. Go to the title of the Direct Submit file you wish to view.
  5. You will see the following:



Click the Text icon to see an online, formatted version of the paper text.


Click the File icon to download the actual file submitted


Percentage of the paper that matched existing database documents*

SA Report:

Click the Check icon to view the SafeAssign Originality Report.


The date and time the paper was submitted.


* Scores below 15%: These papers include some quotes and few common phrases or blocks of text that match other documents. These papers typically do not require further analysis, as there is no evidence of the possibility of plagiarism in these papers.

Scores between 15% and 40%: These papers include extensive quoted or paraphrased material or they may include plagiarism. These papers should be reviewed to determine if the matching content is properly attributed.

Scores over 40%: There is a very high probability that text in this paper was copied from other sources. These papers include quoted or paraphrased text in excess and should be reviewed for plagiarism.



  • SafeAssign accepts files in .doc, .docx, .odt, .txt, .rtf, .pdf, and .html file formats only.
  • Files larger than 10 Mbytes or 5000 sentences of text are automatically rejected.
  • SafeAssign reports are not generated instantaneously; it usually takes from several seconds to a few minutes to receive a report for each paper.
  • The time to receive a report may be higher during periods of heavy use (e.g., the end of a semester) or for lengthy or image-heavy papers.
  • ­You and your students will have to set your web browser to always allow cookies in order for all of SafeAssign’s features to display.

Keywords:Illinois Compass, ic2g, safeassign, direct submit, institutional database, database,   Doc ID:49849
Owner:Compass C.Group:University of Illinois Technology Services
Created:2015-04-01 11:46 CDTUpdated:2020-03-16 17:23 CDT
Sites:University of Illinois Technology Services
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